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Heartbreaking news from Gloucester County. Media reports are saying the 12-year-old girl, Autumn Pasquale, who went missing Saturday night has been found dead.
A body found late Monday in a recycling container in Clayton, Gloucester County, N.J., apparently is that of Autumn Pasquale, a 12-year-old Clayton girl missing since Saturday night, authorities said Tuesday.
The body was found about 10 p.m. by investigators from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office in a location that was not immediately disclosed. Members of Autumn Pasquale’s family were notified, the prosecutor’s office said in a release.
Pasquale had been reported missing from her home on West High Street in Clayton about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. What had been a search is now a criminal investigation, authorities said Tuesday. An autopsy to confirm the body’s identity will be conducted Tuesday morning by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner’s Office.
CLAYTON, N.J. – October 23, 2012 (WPVI) — New Jersey State Police say they have confirmed that the body found in Gloucester County late Monday night is that of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale.
The body was found around 10:00 p.m. in a recycling container not far from her Clayton home.
Update: 5:49 a.m., Oct. 23: The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office says a body believed to be that of Autumn Pasquale has been found.
A spokesman did not disclose where the discovery was made, The (NY) Daily News reports this morning.
“This is a very sad day for the Pasquale family,” Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the family and to all the residents of Clayton who stood together in support of this young girl.”
CLAYTON — Search parties made up of friends, family and members of the public expected this morning to resume the search for a missing borough preteen.
Many of them woke up to find they would instead spend their day and the foreseeable future mourning.
Authorities with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office await the autopsy of a body believed to be Autumn Pasquale.
The body was found inside a recycling container less than a mile from Pasquale’s home, 58-hours after she was last heard from.